DR Congo

D.R. Congo - A look at 2017

What does Fair Trade look like in the D.R. Congo?

In 2017, Direct Fair Trade Premiums (the extra we pay on each shipment of coffee), went towards capacity building. More specifically, it paid for:

  • 55 new hand picking tables - this provides good working conditions for the women who sort each coffee bean by hand!
  • Training on pruning practices for farmers
  • Over 250,000 coffee trees to be planted
  • Practical tools, like saws for pruning

Interest is growing in this unique coffee. In 2018 we will double the amount of green coffee we buy!  

Each coffee bean is hand sorted.

Each coffee bean is hand sorted.

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Co-founder, Hugo visits with children of coffee farmers in D.R. Congo.

Co-founder, Hugo visits with children of coffee farmers in D.R. Congo.

D.R. Congo Farmer Visit

Here's what's happening right now (June 2017): Hugo is in Africa visiting farmers. His latest stop, D.R. Congo with coffee friend Jono from Bean There Coffee.  

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The Mutendero washing station in Vissale (near Butembo), D.R. Congo. 

The Mutendero washing station in Vissale (near Butembo), D.R. Congo. 

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Hugo and the "Mamas" - women who sort the green coffee beans. 

Hugo and the "Mamas" - women who sort the green coffee beans. 

Selfie at the coffee milling plant with the Mamas. 

Selfie at the coffee milling plant with the Mamas.